That leaves us with employers and previous landlords. Of employers, make sure that you verify:
- date of hire
- current salary or hourly rate
- if hourly, average hours/week worked
- whether continued employment is expected, and if so, for how long (are they a contract worker?)
Of previous landlords:
- lease start/end date
- rent amount
- did they pay their rent on time
- any complaints or other issues
- would you rent to them again
If you talk to the right person and ask the right questions, anything negative about the applicant should rise to the surface pretty quickly. I would like to second Deb's strategy of asking for a manager (generally) rather than asking for the supervisor listed on the application. Same principle as with personal references applies - usually the applicant will list their favorite supervisor or buddy in the company.
For the landlords (I'm much more interested in the past landlord if the current is 2 years or less) I ask the basics: Did they pay on time? Did they take care of the unit? Did they bother other tenants? and Do you expect to return the security deposit in full? And my favorite last question is Would you rent to them again? I always look up on the tax records the owner of the property to be clear that I am talking with the owner.
Job references? Get those pay stubs with the year to date earnings on them if you can. I never ask for the person the application says to ask for, not at first. I try to get an HR department or ask for a manager THEN ask if they do work there, how long, how much they make, if they expect continued employment.
Hope that helps. I do work with rentals and if you need help finding that tenant let's talk.
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I want to be sure the #'s work and I want to get a good 'feel' for the tenant. That has worked for me for many years.
their current employment, residence, income and assets. The tenants have to agree to
submit such info. Also, the credit report is being asked for (again, with the agreement of the tenant).
Of course, if the tenant does not agree to provide the info - the landlord does not have to accept the offer.
If the condo association/landlord has rules re. how many people can reside in a condo/apartment,
then the landlord may ask about kids (how many), but they can't discriminate.
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.